Civil Rights Pioneer: Post-Racial World Doesn’t Exist

By: Thursday January 14, 2010 3:45 pm

On the 50th anniversary of the Greensboro sit-in, James Parks interviews Franklin McCain, one of the four students who refused to leave a whites-only Greensboro lunch counter until they were served, sparking key civil rights legislation.


The Revolution Will Be Twittered

By: Thursday September 17, 2009 3:30 pm

Photo credit: Bill Burke/Page One

How appropriate Michael Moore premiered “Capitalism: A Love Story” in Pittsburgh this week, to coincide with our 26th AFL-CIO Convention. Moore, in an action spearheaded by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC), marched with AFL-CIO delegates to the movie theater, and afterward, encouraged all of us to sponsor it in theaters throughout the country, because, as he says at the end of the film, he needs help to spark the populist revolution.

He’ll have a great partner with the new leadership of the AFL-CIO. Late yesterday, delegates elected Richard Trumka president, Liz Shuler, secretary-treasurer, and re-elected Arlene Holt Baker executive vice president. The team is a mini-revolution in itself: It’s the first time the top leadership of the AFL-CIO includes two women, and Shuler, 39, is the youngest-ever unionist ever to hold so high a position in the labor movement.

Coffee, Tea, or Misogyny?

By: Thursday January 29, 2009 1:33 pm

Seems the misogynistic mind-set that caricatures “stewardesses” as offering “coffee, tea or me” on jumbo jets isn’t a sorry relic from the past. Not at Spirit Airlines, anyway.

A set of ads by Spirit insults and demeans customers, employees and future customers, says Flight Attendants-CWA union President Pat Friend, who calls the marketing campaign “regressive, distasteful and debasing.”

One ad features a large-busted blond woman with M.I.L.F. in huge letters above her and the Spirit version—Many Islands Low Fares—in much smaller type below. Right.

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